- The definition of feel is the perception or sensation of something or the sense of touch.
- An example of feel is when you go to a store and think it seems high end.
- An example of feel is when you run your hand over silk and it is smooth and soft.
- To feel is defined as to be aware of someone or something touching you, to explore something by touch, using your sense of touch to guide you or experiencing emotions.
- An example of feel is when you are aware of someone touching your arm.
- An example of feel is when you run your hand over fabric.
- An example of feel is when you make your way through your house in the dark by touching various things in the house.
- An example of feel is when you are happy.
feel definition by Webster's New World
- to touch or handle in order to become aware of; examine or test by touching or handling
- to perceive or be aware of through physical sensation: to feel rain on the face
- to experience (an emotion or condition): to feel joy, pain, etc.
- to be moved by or very sensitive to: to feel death keenly
- to be aware of through intellectual perception: to feel the weight of an argument
- to think or believe, often for unanalyzed or emotional reasons: he feels that we should go
Origin: Middle English felen ; from Old English felan, akin to German fühlen and amp; Classical Latin palpare, to stroke ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form pel-, to fly, flutter, cause to tremble from source Old English fīfealde, German falter, butterfly
- to have physical sensation; be sentient
- to appear to be to the senses, esp. to the sense of touch: the water feels warm
- to have the indicated emotional effect: it feels good to be wanted
- to try to find something by touching; grope (for)
- to be or be aware of being: to feel sad, sick, certain, etc.
- to be moved to sympathy, pity, etc. (for)
- the act of feeling; perception by the senses
- the sense of touch
- the nature of a thing as perceived through touch: the feel of wet sawdust
- an emotional sensation or effect: the feel of happiness
- instinctive ability or appreciation: a feel for design
feel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb felt felt , feel·ing, feels verb, transitive
- a. To perceive through the sense of touch: feel the velvety smoothness of a peach.b. To perceive as a physical sensation: feel a sharp pain; feel the cold.
- a. To touch.b. To examine by touching. See Synonyms at touch.
- To test or explore with caution: feel one's way in a new job.
- a. To undergo the experience of: felt my interest rising; felt great joy.b. To be aware of; sense: felt the anger of the crowd.c. To be emotionally affected by: She still feels the loss of her dog.
- a. To be persuaded of (something) on the basis of intuition, emotion, or other indefinite grounds: I feel that what the informant says may well be true.b. To believe; think: She felt his answer to be evasive.
- To experience sensations of touch.
- a. To produce a particular sensation, especially through the sense of touch: The sheets felt smooth.b. To produce a particular impression; appear to be; seem: It feels good to be home. See Usage Note at well2.
- To be conscious of a specified kind or quality of physical, mental, or emotional state: felt warm and content; feels strongly about the election.
- To seek or explore something by the sense of touch: felt for the light switch in the dark.
- To have compassion or sympathy: I feel for him in his troubles.
- Perception by or as if by touch; sensation: a feel of autumn in the air.
- The sense of touch: a surface that is rough to the feel.
- a. An act or instance of touching or feeling.b. Vulgar An act or instance of sexual touching or fondling.
- The nature or quality of something as perceived by or as if by the sense of touch: “power steering that seems overassisted, eliminating road feel” (Mark Ginsburg).
- Overall impression or effect; atmosphere: “gives such disparate pictures . . . a crazily convincing documentary feel” (Stephen King).
- Intuitive awareness or natural ability: has a feel for decorating.
Origin: Middle English felen, from Old English fēlan; see pāl- in Indo-European roots.
feel - Medical Definition
- To perceive through the sense of touch.
- To perceive as a physical sensation, as of pain.
- To be conscious of a particular physical, mental, or emotional state.
feel - Phrases/Idioms
feel (like) oneself
feel one's way
feel strongly about
feel up to
feel in (one's) bones
feel like (oneself)
feel (one's) oats
- To be energetic and playful.
- To act in a self-important manner.